Nigeria is currently going through arguably one of the worst fuel scarcity periods in her history. Most times it happens either due to increase in pump price or strike actions by labour unions (PENGASSAN, NUPENG), but this time around, it’s mainly due to inadequate PMS (Premium Motor Spirit/ Petrol) imports. It’s no news that Nigerians love to travel and such fuel scarcity would hit us badly, affect us in making the right travel decisions and visiting top tourist destinations in the Country. Here are tips on how you can cope with this fuel scarcity period;
Reduce A.C. Usage
We know the weather is hot and you’ll like to use your Air Conditioner in this case, but continuous usage of the Air Conditioner will lead to a further reduction in your fuel reserve. You might want to consider reducing its usage if you’ll travel over long or short distances.
Limit Irrelevant Journeys
In Economics, there are three different things you have to consider when making choices, they are; scale of preference, opportunity cost and money cost. You might want to itemize your travels in order of importance or relevance and pick the ones that are really important to you. Your scale of preference refers to the itemizing of choices, opportunity cost; the journeys you ignored, money cost: the cost of the most important journeys you embarked upon.
Use Google Maps
Talking about alternatives, apart from the fact that Google maps help you with locating your destinations, they also offer three different alternatives to discovering your destination (the blue route shows the shortest distance to your destination while the grey routes show the other two alternatives). Another important feature that Google maps offers is indicating different traffic points with a red mark, this aids in evading long traffic queues that may be caused by the fuel scarcity.
Leave Your Homes Early
Whether you want to embark on a journey or you want to buy fuel at the filling station, you have to leave your houses early. This will help in evading long fuel queues and traffic that emanate from long fuel queues.
Car Pooling is the sharing of car journeys, a situation in which more than one person travels in a car. This helps in reducing fuel costs coupled with the risk and stress of driving. It’s also a more environmentally friendly and sustainable option as it reduces carbon emissions and long traffic queues. There are various car sharing platforms in Nigeria like Jekalo, Go My Way and kabu kabu.
Increase Budget for Fuel
Yes! that’s the reality on ground, because of the fuel scarcity, a lot of marketers have used that to their advantage in increasing the fuel price. On an average you get to see fuel going at N120 with very long queues waiting earnestly for it. A wise thing to do is to create a weekly fuel budget and make sure they end up as a surplus rather than a deficit.
Use Mass Transits
An example of mass transit is the B.R.T. (Bus Rapid Transit) used in Lagos. It’s cheaper and it’s also faster because they have their own lanes. There is also no problem with price hikes as transport fares remain the same.
I think these tips will help you cope in these trying and difficult times. By the way, if you’re up on the queues this hilarious piece from Zikoko.com will come handy!